iOS privacy - do not give apps permission to use bluetooth


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Apple's new iOS 13 update adds a new privacy measure that requires apps to get your consent in order to use your device's Bluetooth. From a report: After installing the latest version of iOS, trust me when I say you'll be surprised by the number of apps asking for Bluetooth permission the next time you open them. Some might seem very strange (like Dunkin' Donuts in my case), but others probably won't make you think twice about giving the thumbs-up. The reason Apple implemented this is because Bluetooth has enabled companies to sneakily track your location over Bluetooth by using beacons in stores, shopping malls, and even on popular city streets if they're placed within range of a place you'd walk by.

This is entirely separate from your iPhone's location privacy settings, which makes it seem all the more underhanded. A beacon is very easily able to detect your device's Bluetooth chip and log that with a retailer or some other app on your phone. So getting more strict about Bluetooth is a good move by Apple to prevent unwanted tracking of its customers. Similarly, the company is also getting even more transparent about location, showing you on a map how often and where apps have recorded your position. This prompt is much easier to understand, and will probably startle people into slimming down the list of apps that can monitor where they are. As it should!


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Getting to the point where one should simply turn off your phone and only turn it on when you need to make a call.
That doesn’t always help. Most modern phones aren’t really off even when they are “off“ and you can’t remove the battery from an iPhone. If I were really worried about it I would put my phone in some sort of Faraday cage like a metal box.


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-I've got my iPhone sitting on one of my gun safes and that's where it stays except when I'm at work.
The phone was issued to my by my city.
It does NOT go with me everywhere I go.